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How to connect your Polycom VVX IP Phone to Office 365 Cloud PBX

By Randy Wintle
CloudPBX Is Here! It’s finally here, CloudPBX from Microsoft! More information on the solution can be found all over the web, and here is a great starting point direct from Microsoft : Polycom happens to have some IP Phones that work with Office 365 Cloud PBX. This is in addition to the CX series […]

Lync User Group October Events

By Randy Wintle
With over 10 groups across the US, things are really taking off with the Lync Users Group Organization. Β  Check out for more information and to join a city near you. For folks in NYC- the next event is scheduled for October 23rd and will include presentations on HLB/Reverse Proxy and an Edge Deep […]

A User Centric Approach to Communications and Collaboration Technologies

By Randy Wintle
I had about 8 hours in the car the last two days so I spent some time catching up on the Industry Buzz Podcasts (Β  from the UC Strategies Team ( A lot of things stuck with me, and have helped meΒ with my strategic approach to UC consulting and I wanted to share a few […]

Quick Tip: Media Bypass Not Available for Edge Connected Users

By Randy Wintle
This is just a quick tip from the field. If you are deploying media bypass it is important to know it will only be available for endpoints that have registered internally, NOT through the Edge. This is by design and may be changed in the future as can be seen in the cmdlet parameters for […]

Understanding Lync Server Support Options

By Randy Wintle
Microsoft recently made changes to the support options available to organizations deploying Microsoft Lync. Microsoft covered these changes in a Next Hop Blog Post- Expanded Lync Server Support Options. I wanted to provide an overview of these changes as I see them from a Microsoft Customer and Microsoft Partner perspective. This post will outline the […]

Announcing the first ever Lync Saturday!

By Randy Wintle
One of the most amazing parts of Microsoft Lync is the community of experts that supports it. It is completely natural for the MVPs and contributors to the Lync community to selflessly help others. I see this even between competing consultants! It is great. The reason I am mentioning this is that I have worked […]

Donate to charity and win a free signed copy of Lync Server 2013 Unleashed!

By Randy Wintle
I have 3 signed copies of Lync Server 2013 Unleashed that I am looking to give away. Here is the catch, donate $5 or more to the First Tee of Maine Golf Tournament, and I will enter you in to the drawing for one of the books. Simply send me an email with your proof […]

Lync Server 2013 Unleashed has been… Unleashed!

By Randy Wintle
I am super proud to announce that the new book I Co-Authored, Lync Server 2013 Unleashed is now available! This book is available on Amazon in ebook and good ol paperback! The Microsoft NextHop blog provided an incredibly generous review of the book, which is available here: What I want to do in […]

Update to the Lync 2013 Centralized Logging Tool

By Randy Wintle
As anyone who came to this blog probably realized, my Lync 2013 Centralized Logging UI quickly became outdated. Luckily, James from has done a great job of bringing it back to life! Β Β  Definitely check this out and support that project. He has done a great job of not only fixing my […]

Locating the AlwaysOn Centralized Logging Files for Lync Server 2013

By Randy Wintle
Lync centralized logging is a great new feature with Lync Server 2013. This feature also allows you to configure AlwaysOn logging, which will keep logging on, always J This is helpful in situations where an issue has been reported and you are not able to reproduce, or do not want to bother users to reproduce. […]

My First Days with Surface

By Randy Wintle
I consider myself to have a major bias towards Microsoft products. It is what I have made my living on ever since I started my career. I will say however, when the Surface was set to release, I was skeptical. My goal was to have a tablet that could be used for work and play, […]